CM Punk’s future continues to be the subject of much debate in wrestling and a new report suggests Punk “will be available” to return to AEW fairly soon if the company wants him.
CM Punk made his debut for AEW in August 2021, becoming AEW World Champion at Double Or Nothing in 2022 but injury hampered that reign. He returned to action in August and then ultimately re-captured the title at All Out. However, that show will forever be overshadowed by what happened afterward.
CM Punk was caught up in an alleged backstage fight with The Elite which saw all four men stripped of their respective titles and suspended from the company. The Elite has since returned to action while Punk’s future looks increasingly uncertain.
Rumours persist about CM Punk’s future with some even suggesting that he could make a sensational return to WWE if his contract situation with AEW is resolved. However, it doesn’t look like that would be universally appreciated.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that AEW needs a top babyface and doesn’t think that will be Punk but interestingly commented that Punk could be available for a return in a couple of months following recovery from his injury in his title bout with Jon Moxley:
“They are lacking in that babyface position something fierce. They had a shot with MJF, obviously, they did the double-cross on that. And MJF was great as a heel tonight, but they don’t have ‘the guy’.”
“Punk’s not gonna be the guy either. I know some people might say, ‘Well Punk’s coming back’… Punk may come back. He will be available to come back if they want to use him in a couple of months. It’s not like it’s so far in the future. And of course, if they were to bring Punk back, that opens up a lot of other issues that we can talk about another day.”
Meltzer also noted that several current members of the AEW roster are unavailable to appear on television at the moment.